Football/Soccer Session (Beginner): U8 Session

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Matt Schiffer
Name: Matt Schiffer
City: Belchertown
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 0 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

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U8 (6-7 year olds): Practice Plan


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Warmup

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Warmup

Cross the Ocean

Great warmup for a U8 group. Players get the opportunity to dribble freely while working on attacking moves, turns, and beating defenders.

Organization:

Lines of cones set up 15-20 yards apart (which makes the 2 beaches for the ocean). Every player has a ball.

How to Play:

Players dribble from one endline (beach) to the other. Each time a player reaches a beach they score a goal. Add in different moves and dribbling patterns. Perform a turn each time you reach an endline. Add defenders (sharks) to make the warmup game-like.

Coaching Points:

Dribble with control

Perform moves and turns at your own pace

Dribble away from pressure (the sharks)

Note: red players are the defenders


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Skill Development

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Skill Development

Free Dribble to Cones

Simple activity that players of all abilities can understand.

Organization:

Set up cones randomly in your space. Every player has a ball.

How to Play:

Players dribble freely and perform moves or dribbling patterns at each cone: Tick Tocks, Toe Tops, Turns, Attacking Moves. This activity can be turned into dribbling races and running races.

Progression:

Freeze Tag Game (Freeze Monsters): Defenders are added as the Freeze Monsters. Players must dribble to a cone without being tagged. If they are tagged, must do whatever coach assigns.

Coaching Points:

Keep ball close to feet

Dribble with head up

Use both feet and different parts of feet when dribbling


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Final Game

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Final Game

1v1 to Goal

Fun way to end practice! Players get to use the dribbling skills they worked on all session in a fun 1v1 game to goal.

Organization:

Attacking (red) & Defending (blue) players start on opposite sides.

How to Play:

Coach serves balls and plays Goalkeeper. Play 1v1 to goal. After a few rounds switch roles (attackers and defenders).

Coaching Points:

Use attacking moves that we learned

Create space to take shot on goal

Defenders - keep your opponent in front of you


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